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New Cda-U.S. standards set for rail safety

WASHINGTON - Canada and the United States are announcing wide-ranging, new rail-safety standards with the aim of avoiding disasters like the one that devastated Lac-Megantic, Que., in 2013The new requirements include a different braking system for new trains, a 50-mile-an-hour speed limit for certain trains and retrofits for old DOT-111 and CPC-1232 tank cars.The new standards will apply to new trains and also set a series of deadlines over the next decade for retrofitting old trains.Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are outlining the changes at a Washington news conference.They say the changes are the result of collaboration on both sides of the border, with the goal of strengthening the safety of the two countries' inter-connected rail networks.The first retrofit deadline occurs in May 2017, for non-jacketed DOT-111 cars delivering oil and the last deadline applies to jacketed CPC-1232s in 2025.

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